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From AtomicCitygirl

We explored our week in Iceland with the Fire Island 5 day tour. It really was an amazing if not exhausting week! 

We began with a morning of Sea Kayaking which was absolutely serene, however I felt it the next day in my arms for sure! The afternoon was much more relaxing with whale watching in which we spotted some 'minkys' much to the excitement of the captain. It was pretty cold so do wrap up, my partner managed to borrow a one-piece suit the crew wear which kept him toastie.

This was followed by a morning of snorkelling in the 2C water coming from a glacier - don't worry you get a 'dry suit' - unfortunately mine leaked at the right foot so that was pretty cold a wet but bearable while we swam a circuit in these amazingly clear waters.

In the afternoon we adorned our hard hats (luckily for me) as we went lava caving, this was really beautiful seeing the carved out tunnels moulded by lava. Unfortunately we didn't take out camera thinking it would be too dark - if you do go, please take your camera! You'll end up with some great photos.

On Wednesday we went on a 'hot spring hike' - not a difficult walk by any means, fairly gentle and suitable for all ages. The bubbling springs, smelly sulphur splurging out and steam rising really is unforgettable. I felt like I was in a Lord of the Rings movie! The paddle in the beautifully warm water was absolutely lovely while chatting away to your fellow travelers and guides.

In the afternoon we went horse riding on the famous Icelandic ponies which have 5 different gaits (as opposed to 4 like other horses). This was great for myself who had ridden before and for my partner who was a complete novice. The groups were separated a couple of times so the more experienced group could canter on ahead. Unfortunately for me, my pony was rather lazy and did need a 'kick up the backside' to get going (a riding crop may have been helpful).

Our second last day was spent at the Blue Lagoon, 6 hours getting wrinkly in the water! I think we would have gone back again if we'd had time. The only word to really describe it is 'bliss' and a must-do for everyone that comes to Iceland. It's essentially an independently heated (by mother earth) outdoor pool with an amazing blue colour. You have to try slathering yourself in the silica mud that is dotted around the edges - good for the skin apparently but makes for some funny photos!

Our last adventure day was no disappointment as we went white water rafting down Hvítá River in the morning which was wild and exciting and during the tamer parts of the river we played some games, most of which left one of us on the wet side of the raft! We also did a cliff jump, with the choice of a 2m or 5m fall - we obviously chose the higher one! It doesn't sound that high until your staring it down!

In the afternoon we finished with the famous Golden Circle. This is where we experienced the biggest geyser in Iceland which shoots up 30 feet in the air every 7 mins and walked along the noisy Gulfoss waterfall (golden waterfall) of which there are two. We explored Þingvellir national park and learnt about the fascinating history of days when men representing all corners of Iceland gathered for 2 weeks of the year to discuss matters of business and laws - before they could even write (one man was charged with the responsibility of remembering all the laws)! 

Overall it was busy but absolutely fantastic and breath-taking 5 days. The full schedule may leave you exhausted but there are plenty of 'lighter' days to make up for it and I think it really gives you the best view of Iceland in the shortest amount of time. The only other think I would have liked to have done is glacier hiking - next time!

From AtomicCityGirl - March 2012


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Golden Circle Safari Tours, Sightseeing & an Activity of Your Choice!

The Golden Circle is Iceland´s most famous sightseeing route. On it you will visit the Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. Here is your chance see these amazing places in style on one of our Super Jeeps and go off road while you are at it! AND that is not all.. you can also choose an activity!

This tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Icelands most famous and exciting natural phenomena. Our first stop is the Þingvellir National Park 40 min due east of the city. Þingvellir is one of Iceland's most historic sites as it was there that Icelands's first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. Here you will also see for yourself one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the worlds, created as the continental plates slowly drift. From there we head along gravel tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around the Geysir hot spring. This is the one spouting hot spring that all such phenomena on Earth are named after and there you will see a variety of geothermal pools and erupting hot springs, surely one of the highlights of any visit to Iceland.

From there we continue to Gullfoss ("The Golden waterfall") where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the refreshing spray of the glacial water on your face.

This trip is available in 4 different versions, standard jeep tour or a choice between 3 different additional activities, giving you a unique possibility to custom-make your adventure. Your activity of choice will take part at some point during this adventurous day.


Golden Circle Safari with Caving (Underworld)

Available everyday for minimum 4 persons.
Explore the hidden world under a lava field! On our way through Leiðarendi lava tube you will see the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past. It is a unique experience where you will explore this dark and quirky world beneath ours.

Golden Circle Safari with Snorkeling (Into the Blue)

Available everyday for minimum 4 persons.
The crystal clear water in the deep Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park gives you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along the narrow crack with the lazy current.

Golden Circle Safari with Snowmobiling (Glacier Ride)

Available everyday for minimum 2 persons.
A scenic and fun one hour tour on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. The glacier is several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior.

Our jeeps seat 5 - 12 persons so our Safaris are always a small group experience!

All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.